Rachel Ann Bender Ignacio

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Assistant Professor, Medicine - Allergy and Infectious Dis.



MD Global Health, University of Washington,
MPH Epidemiology, University of Washington,



UW Positive Research 2WC, Harborview Medical Center, 325 9th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104


(She/hers) Dr. Bender Ignacio is an infectious diseases physician, epidemiologist, and clinical trialist focusing on HIV broadly. She directs UW Positive Research, a Clinical Research Site of the NIAID-funded ACTG Network, which more broadly conducts research important to people with HIV, focusing on treatment, HIV remission/cure, and associated comorbidities and co-infections. She also leads work focused on HIV treatment for people with cancer in East and Southern Africa, focusing on clinical outcomes, epidemiology, and implementation of coordinated HIV-cancer care. She is part of the HIV Outcomes Prevention and Epidemiology (HOPE) group at the Fred Hutch and is the Medical Director of the Fred Hutch's COVID-19 Clinical Research Center. 

Research Interests

  • Evaluation of biomarkers in association with the HIV latent reservoir
  • Possibilities of secondary data analysis related to ongoing or completed ACTG clinical trials
  • Epidemiology of HIV among persons with cancer in Southern and East Africa
  • Qualitative and quantitative analyses related to the HIV care cascade among people with cancer

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